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WELCOME, membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre. If you have an interest in this piece of Australian culture called Bush Poetry, you are welcome here.


Aims
The objectives of the Australian Bush Poets Association is to foster and encourage the growth of Bush Poetry in Australia. By definition, Australian Bush Poetry is metred and rhymed poetry about Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life.

Membership
To join the Australian Bush Poets Association and receive our bi-monthly magazine, go to our Membership page.

The ABPA keeps in touch with our members through this website (and forum) and our bi-monthly magazine of Bush Poetry news, events, results of written and spoken competitions as well as samples of contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here. The deadline for ads and other content for the magazine is the 22nd of the month preceding publication. Magazines are published at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December.

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The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

Corryong, Victoria hosted their 25th Man From Snowy River Bush Festival in April. It was a great event thanks to Jan Lewis and her team of committed and jovial volunteers. Here are some of the gang.

MFSR Festival group  
Jan was also made a Life Member of the Australian Bush Poets Association. Here's president Tim presenting Jan her gift on the new Banjo's stage (made possible with help from Jai Thoolen and the WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners).

Tim Sheed & Jan Lewis 

Maurie Foun, Kevin McCarthy, Simon Dillon and friends presented a Campbell the Swaggie tribute concert.

Musos

Featured performers included Gregory North, Geoffrey W Graham, The Rhymer from Ryde and Christine Middleton and several tribute concerts recognised performers past and present. Poets came from near and far to take part in walk-up events and concerts for local aged care residents.

Concert in the round

The Man From Snowy River recital was contested by James Thomas, Rhonda Tallnash, with local Maurie Foun emerging the winner.

Winners

Tributes to the late Carol Reffold and Betty Walton were tearfully presented with Lisa Ride winning the Carol Reffold Memorial One Minute Poem competition and Lynne Frederick the runner-up.

Lisa Ride & Lynne Frederick

Full results here.
With thanks to Rob Christmas and Geoffrey W Graham for photographs.


See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.


Vale Ron Stevens

Ron Stevens

Ron passed away on 2nd April after a long illness from Asbestosis.
He was born in Richmond, NSW, in 1926. He and his wife, Clo have lived in Dubbo, NSW since 1994. After spending from 1944 to 1974 in the RAAF and RAN, Ron took a BA at Macquarie University, majoring in English and History, after which he indulged his interest in writing, particularly poetry.

He was a Writing Fellow and honorary life member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, a long-term member of the ABPA, the Henry Lawson Society of NSW and the Outback Writers Centre, Dubbo.

He travelled widely through the Eastern States, to poetry festivals to give workshops and also to compete in written and performance competitions. Among his many written first prizes have been ‘The Bronze Swagman’, Winton, ‘The Blackened Billy’, Tamworth (two), ‘The Banjo Paterson Literary Award’, Orange (four), ‘The Henry Lawson Society of NSW Literary Award’, Gulgong (five) and the NSW and Victorian, ‘ABPA State Championships’.

His first-prizes in performance competitions included ‘The John O’Brien Festival’, Narrandera and “The Leonard Teale Memorial Award’, Gulgong.

Ron judged many competitions over the years and as schools liaison officer with Dubbo RSL Sub-branch he judges local schools’ competitions. For many years he wrote and recited an appropriate poem for the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
His four self-published books of winning verse are now out of print but more recent poems were regularly printed in the literary magazine Free XpresSion and in the ABPA Magazine. Many of his more recent first-prize winning poems are included in the Poetry Section on this Website.

Ron was highly respected throughout the Bush Poetry community and in particular for his poetic tributes to our serving men and women which make a significant contribution to the national history of Australians at war.